Teams Model of Clinical Nursing Education

Salina Bednarek, Katherine Kathy Kenny, Judith F. Karshmer, Melanie Brewer

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The need for registered nurses has never been greater. Only through thoughtful academic-practice partnerships will it be possible to align the current and future demands of the workplace with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that are required. Outdated nursing education models that treat practice partners as "real estate" and try to expose all students, in the same way, to the full array of patient populations, most often in acute care settings, do not serve the profession well. Attending to the heightened expectations for nurses to lead complex, interprofessional teams across an array of settings led to the development of the Teams Model of clinical nursing education. In this model, students match to practice partner facilities where they complete the majority of their clinical hours. They do not rotate through various settings, they do not spend precious practice time reorienting to new facilities, and they are not relegated to the periphery of the interprofessional team when in the student role. They become expected and valuable members of the care delivery team. They focus on developing depth as a nurse rather than breath across patient populations. The Teams Model is predicated on advancing academic-practice partnerships that provide a pipeline for workforce development and prepares the new graduate as a work-ready hire. Ongoing evaluation of the students' development and their knowledge acquisition is linked to practice partner assessments and provides support for this model as an innovative alternative to preparing the next generation of nurses. This partnership program builds confidence through immersion experiences in a consistent, welcoming, and prepared clinical environment, with opportunities to advance the priorities of the practice setting in addition to promoting positive patient outcomes. Benefits include student exposure to nontraditional fields of nursing and areas of critical shortage as well as the ability to pivot quickly as workforce needs shift.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E24-E29
JournalNursing administration quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • academic-practice partnership
  • clinical education
  • innovation
  • new graduate
  • nursing workforce

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management


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